One player who has been really impressed by India captain Virat Kohli, is former Australian cricket veteran Mike Hussey, who was quick to shower praises on the 29-year-old. Hussey labelled Kohli as the best batsman in world cricket currently, even better than Australia captain Steve Smith, and vice-captain David Warner, in all formats of cricket.
Virat Kohli’s recent performances have made not only a fan favourite amongst cricket lovers but has also earned the India captain huge praises from current and former cricketers. The mercurial batsman scored over 2800 runs international runs last year and already has 3 centuries this year. With 34 ODI centuries already to his name, Kohli is fast approaching the record of 49 centuries set by Sachin Tendulkar.
Virat Kohli is doing extremely well
“I think he’s (Virat Kohli) doing better than pretty good. He is doing exceptionally well, he’s one of the great players for sure.”
2018 couldn’t have started on a better note for Virat Kohli, the 29-year-old was the highest run-scorer in Test series against South Africa, and is currently leading the run-scoring chart in the ODI series as well. Currently, India are leading the 6-match ODI series 3-0, and will be hoping to wrap it up when the two teams take the field in Johannesburg for the 4th ODI on Saturday (10 February).
Mike Hussey believes Virat Kohli is currently the best
In recent years, Virat Kohli has been compared to the likes of Steven Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson, all of whom who have done exceedingly well. However, Hussey is of the opinion that Kohli is currently the best in the world, with the other three closely behind him.
“It’s very difficult to rate who is the best among Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith. On their day, they are all as good as each other but Kohli is probably the best. His consistency in all forms of the game is phenomenal,” said Hussey as he prepared to go on a frozen lake for the St. Moritz Ice Cricket Challenge.
Virat Kohli did suffer a dip in form a couple of years back but since then his stocks have been on a constant rise. The RCB captain scored 739 ODI runs in 2016 at an average of 92.37, but he bettered that record as he smashed 1460 runs in 2017 at an average of 76.84, which included a whopping 6 hundred and 7 fifties.
Virat Kohli’s double hundred against Sri Lanka during the end of 2017, was his 6th double hundred as a captain, overtaking Brian Lara’s record of 5 double centuries as captain. Currently, he is tied with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for most double hundreds scored by an Indian.
But what sets him apart from the rest of the players is his consistency in all three formats. Virat Kohli is the only player to average over 50 across all formats. The Indian captain is averaging 53.40 in Tests, 57.34 in ODIs and 52.86 in T20Is and has amassed a mind-boggling 55 international centuries till now.